A YOUNG man was given a conditional discharge for 12 months for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
Magistrates felt that it was the most appropriate sentence given that he was trying to get into the Army.
Ryan Pullen, 18, of 15 Foreland View, Cairn Road, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in the Millennium Chicken takeaway in Ilfracombe.
Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, said a police patrol was passing the takeaway when they noticed a scuffle inside.
They saw the defendant being held back by another person. They escorted Pullen outside and he became abusive. The court heard that he was under the influence of alcohol.
Pullen told the court that an argument had erupted between him and a large group of lads.
He said: "It was a verbal argument. It wasn't physical and I wasn't being held back in the shop."
He said he was on benefits but was looking to join the Army. As well as a conditional discharge, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.